And the government wonder why people are afraid to leave their houses!!!


I know I know it's been so long but it's like I never left :)
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lilminx_dee
Okay there really is no reason why I haven't updated as I can't use the excuse that nothing exciting has been going on in over a year.
So a quick update of everything.

I've finally graduated from Uni which is both a blessing (no more late nighters trying to write an essay for 9:00 the next morning) and a curse (the real world that exists outside of studentville). The most stressful period of the last year or so has to have been when I was writing my dissertation. I really thought that I was going to have a break down I was so stressed. But all the hard work paid off and I managed to graduate which is good.

Other news I statred my career as and ESL teacher having done my CELTA is an intesnsive course of 4 weeks over the summer and now I am...drum roll.... in China. 

My first teaching post in in Northern China, Shanxi to be specific. So far so good though I have to say there are so many things I have taken for granted. For example being able to speak basic sentences in the native language...I still cannot count to ten which is realy frustrating. What makes it extra annoying is that I know if I was teaching in Japan I'd be whipping out the phrases like nobodies business due to watching all that anime and those dramas. Even if I was in South Korea I think I would be able to string a few more sentences together again due to watching dramas and listening to K-pop whihc I've been doing for over 5 years now, finally somthing has stuck. 

I think what makes Chinese so difficult for me is the tones, so many words sound the same to me and pronunciation is really hard. IT doesn't help that when I'm trying to teach lessons I use what I think is a universal example e.g. Twilight only to realise that China really is cut off from the rest of the world in many ways and doesn't have access to the same films of television series that most other countries do. I think my studnets think I'm a bit thick....sigh.

I will attempt to update slightly more regularly and be more active in the communities that I'm a memeber of etc. To be honest I've got plenty of time I'm not teaching all the time, I have no social life due to the language barrier and all I'm doing in my free time is reading, attempting to learn chinese and watch tv series.

Update soon. :)
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Long time no update...
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lilminx_dee
As per usual I have failed to regularly update my blog... Why is this? Just because my life is boring and there has been nothing to write. 
We've just had the Easter holidays and i wasted them away as I knew I would, I just can't help myself Instead of doing the reading I'm meant to be doing for my dissertation I was mucking around, playing Sims doing anything but what I should have been doing. I lack focus hfff.

Plans for today include going to work (I'm a party animal I know) and going to see Red Riding Hood which looks like it should be good. My cool factor decreases even further later this week as I am definitely going to see the new Winnie the Pooh film. I don't care it looks awesome :)

Uni starts up again properly this Tuesday so I am going to actually start doing the work I should have done over Easter so I don't get to my deadline and think 'shit I've got to do fifty reading and then write the bloody thing' instead I'll be thinking 'shit I should have started writing this earlier' note the minute difference either way it will still be an 'on shit' situation. 
Ah never mind hopefully I'll update sooner than I did last time you never know.
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Update....finally...
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lilminx_dee
Well as per usual my updating of this journal is appalling...hmmm oh well at least I'm updating now.  Nothing much has happened recently. I'm now in third year which have to say is quite a jump from second year. All of a sudden everything counts every little exercise, essay and presentation.

The most exciting thing that is coming up is Harry Potter and Paramore weekend which will be epic! I'm going to dress up for Harry Potter with a cloak...I know I'm almost twenty one but I still feel that dressing up as a witch is a necessity.
That's all for now.
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Oishi desu ka?
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lilminx_dee
Its nearly the end of my exams just one left in a day and then my second year of uni is over...it went kind of quick.

Since it is the exam period I have been rapidly accumulating a list of distractions from revision including but not exclusive to: shopping online, reading new books/fanfiction, watching several TV series, updating my journal etc.

I really have a serious problem motivating myself to revise and I'm sure I'm not alone. Its not the actual doing the revision that's the problem but more the starting it. I need to get serious about work otherwise I'm going to fail uni and never succeed in life....dramatic? Just a little.

My most recent distraction which hopefully will actually continue once my exams are over is my learning of Japanese I've started the beginnings of the annoyance that will be spouting off random japanese phrases to my flat mates...I sort of feel bad but then again who else am I going to practice on?...that sounds wrong.

If I was at home my parents would be suffering and I'm sure they will when I finally get home in about a month.
Next on the agenda is doing the young learners part of my TEFL course which should be good...I'm sort of looking forwards to it.

Well that's all for now but when my exams are over maybe I'll update again...you never know.
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Writer's Block: Young and driven
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lilminx_dee
What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

Its eighteen here where I live in the UK. Though this age is unlikely to change I believe that it should be higher. The increased rates in under age drinking as well as the increased number of people suffering from alcoholism and many other illnesses related to drinking suggests that the age of eighteen is to young. I'm a student and sometimes I feel that the drinking culture that surrounds university is rather disapointing. The number of times I've heard people complain when they have a hangover and then when they mention drinking again and are told "don't you remeber last time?" the promp responce is usually something along the lines of "I'm a student what do you expect?" What I expect is people to be responcible and not be proud if they get some form of blood poisoning from over drinking or permemant damage to their liver. Over drinking isn't a joke but unfortunately in Britain most people seem to think that it is.

Stressed but looking fabulous
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lilminx_dee
Well as I've mentioned I'm a but stressed. I've got assignments coming out of my ears and to many social obligations plus work on top of everything. To be honest I can't wait for next week to be over so that I can take a breath and then sleep all day LOL.

The looking fabulous comment is due to my new hair that I got done a few days ago. It's a completely different style as well as a new colour. Blondes have more fun? We shall see :P

My learning of Japanese at the moment has kind of petered off because I have so much uni work at the moment but hopefully once exams are over in June I will be able to get back on track.

In other news I have successfully completed my TEFL course and have got a shiny certificate and everything. I just have to do the young learners extra add on over the summer and I will be set :)

Nothing much else is happening at the moment since I'm so busy but I guess if I wasn't busy I'd be complaining that I was bored...I'm never satisfied LOL

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socially anti-social
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lilminx_dee
Again today me and my flat mate all sat in the kitchen with our laptops doing our own thing. This not exactly a common occurrence but has happened enough to be commented on. This is a form of social anti-socialism. We're all in the same room together, social, but we're all not talking and we're doing our own thing, anti-social...I have to say this has actually improved last years version where we'd all sit with our head phones in as well.

In other news I has a monster of a migraine last night and this morning it really made me want to die. Luckily due to the magical pill known as paracetamol it has finally gone away after over 12 hours of torture.

Unfortunately today I said something unnecessary which led to me telling someone about my journal as well as my flatmates...there meant to be a secret so i am super sorry I just said it with out thinking...sorry.

Have finally finished my exams now which is nice however have got work tomorrow and Saturday and then it's back to uni on Monday.
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When you just want to put on a fashion show when no one else is watching.
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lilminx_dee
Today after my exam I have decided to take a slight break before starting the revision for my next one and for some reason all I could think was I really want to do make up dress up pretty and do a fashion show...it shows my maturity.

This event did however lead to a brief discussion with my flatmate and it has been decided that at some point after our exams we will do a make over night just like back in high school..oh the memories.

In further news the exam to day went pretty badly. For some reason I just couldn't construct a good answer. I new what the question was about I knew what I was meant to do I just couldn't do it so I am sincerely sorry to the poor professor who is going to mark it...be kind please.

Exam period will finally end this Friday which is good as it means the stress is over however we jump straight back into lectures on Monday so there's not really much of a break. I'm rather surprisingly looking forward to getting back into the swing that is uni lectures and tutorials. I have to say this semester has to better than last semester. None of the lectures grabbed my attention which to be honest has made revision all that much harder nothing will stick.
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lilminx_dee
"How do you know if an apples still ok? You know if it hasn't gone all brown and squidgy?"
"....Cut it open and see what it's like..."
*crunch*
"...I didn't mean with your teeth!"

Living in my flat is at times extremely humorous to say the least. My flat mate and I have been talking about the difficulty of ordering Chai tea, no matter how hard you try it just come out wrong.

"tai chi, I mean chi tai.... CHAI TEA!"

This has happened while ordering at starbucks to both of us for some reason it just happens.

My newest slightly immature passion is Glee...it's just so catchy.

In other news I had my first exam today...it was ok but unfortunately it's not the end but merely the beginning.

Good luck to everyone out there who is also doing exams in any form...they're a bit rubbish but unfortunately life is full of them. I guess every time you take an exam and pass you are proving that you yourself have improved in someway.
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Why is that revision always seems like some type of torture?
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lilminx_dee
Well I'm currently taking a break from doing some hardcore revision for my exams that are next week. I have to say I always find revision really hard...I mean there are always so many more interesting things ot do than rewrite and reread notes from lectures  which to be honest you weren't really paying attention in anyway.

I can't wait until the end of next week because they will finally all be over and all I have left to do is wait to see how bad my mark is....how depressing.

Japan was amazing as I  though it would be and I can't wait to go back in a few years time. I'm planning my next holiday to be in Korea which will hopefully be just as good.

My japanese learning has been okay I'm mostly focusing on learning kanji at the moment really it's just a distraction away from the revision should actually be doing for my up coming exams.

I'll write again when the exams are over.
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